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How to Fix Crtical Process Died Error in Windows 11 [2021 Guide]

Updated by Tracy King on Dec 01, 2022
Written by Daisy

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Reinstall or Update Drivers Step 1. Press the Windows + X keys together...Full steps
Method 2. Run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter Step 1. Open the Start Menu and then choose Settings....Full steps
Method 3. Run SFC Step 1. Press the Windows + X keys together...Full steps
Method 4. Extend C Drive to Reinstall Windows 11 Here's how you can fix the Critical Process Died error...Full steps
Method 5. Run DISM Step 1. Click on the Start Menu...Full steps
Method 6. Uninstall the Problematic Program Step 1. Click on the Start Menu and then open the Control Panel...Full steps
Method 7. Access Safe Mode  Step 1. Restart your PC a few times during the boot...Full steps

Have you recently updated your system to Windows 11? Then, you must be all excited to use the new Windows. 

Unfortunately, your Windows 11 system keeps on crashing on you and making it hard for you to enjoy your new Windows. Then, you don't need to worry as it must be a simple bug or one-time thing. 

However, if you are facing the 'Critical Process Died' or 'Black Screen of Death' error, you might need to worry. This error is caused due to several underlying system errors that can completely ruin your Windows user experience. 

But it is fixable. Using the right tools like EaseUS, you can easily fix the Critical Process Died error on Windows 11. For more information, just walk through this guide. 

What is the Critical Process Died Error?

Critical Process Died or Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10 and now Black Screen of Death as per Windows 11 theme is a system error. This error shows up when a fatal system error occurs and crashes your PC.

critical process died error

This error means that your Windows 11 can't function properly anymore. Once your system crashes, you will lose all your unsaved data, and your hours of hard work will be wasted.

Thus, you should look out for the common symptoms of the Critical Process Died error on your computer, like:

  • Overclocking 
  • Slow speed 
  • A malware attack, etc.

Main Causes Behind the Critical Process Died Error Occurrence on Windows 11 

Be it a Windows 10 or Windows 11, the Critical Process Died error occurs due to several underlying system problems, such as:

Unauthorized or Outdated Windows OS

If you have installed unauthorized Windows 11 on your computer, it can cause a BSOD error. Also, if you haven't updated your Windows in a long time, update it to fix the common system vulnerabilities.

Outdated Drivers

If you are moved to Windows 11 but are still using Windows 10 drivers, that might be the main BSOD error trigger for you.

Bad Hard Drives

Not only outdated but the damaged hard drives can lead to this error. The bad hard drives mean either your files are written badly on the hard drive,  or your hard drive is visibly damaged. If you constantly face the Critical Process Died error, you might have to replace your hard drive.

Improper Cable Management

When cable connections are poorly made, or several hardware components are attached to misfit slots, it can cause system issues, especially the RAM.

Malware Attacks 

The malicious codes can wreak havoc on your computer's registries and instantly ignite the Critical Process Died error. So, always keep your antimalware and antivirus programs updated to prevent malware attacks.

Overclocking 

This is a big blow to the gamers who have updated to Windows 11 for its gaming experience. However, Windows 11 is designed to play heavy games. But if you overwhelm it by running multiple heavy programs simultaneously, it can push your PC to errors, especially if you have an old computer. You can click here to see how to scan your disk.

How Do I Fix Critical Process Died Windows 11 Cannot Boot Error?

The Critical Process Died error is annoying and frustrating, but thankfully it's fixable. Below we have mentioned all the easiest ways to fix the Critical Process Died error on your Windows 11.

Note: Before applying any of the fixes, backup your system so you won't lose your data or settings. For backup purposes, EaseUS Todo Backup is the best and free software that can backup your Windows 11 settings, files, folders, and other programs with a click. The software can even help you to recover your system.

Method 1. Reinstall or Update Drivers

You can first update or reinstall drivers to fix the Critical Process Died error as follows:

Step 1. Press Windows + X keys together and select the Device Manager from the menu. 

select the device manager

Step 2. Find the problematic driver and right-click on it. For that, check the crash logs or remove the drivers you have recently updated. Select the Uninstall device option from the menu.

uninstall device

Step 3. Confirm again to uninstall the driver. 

Step 4. Now, restart your PC and check if the problem is resolved. To reinstall the driver, head over to the vendor's site and install the latest driver version.

Method 2. Run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter 

Windows 11 built-in troubleshooting feature is the simplest way to fix all types of system errors. You just have to follow these steps to run Troubleshooters on Windows 11:

Step 1. Open the Start Menu and then choose the Settings. 

open start menu and choose settings

Step 2. Go to the Troubleshooter located on the right pane. 

go to the Troubleshooter

Step 3. Choose the Other troubleshooters. 

choose the other troubleshooters

Step 4. Now, run a couple of troubleshooters on the hardware and device. Check if this has fixed the error for you or not.

check if this has sloved your error

Method 3. Run SFC

You can also get the Critical Process Died error due to corrupted system files. In that case, you can run an SFC scan to locate the corrupted files and fix them, such as: 

Step 1. Press the Windows + X key together and select the Windows Terminal (Admin). 

select the Windows Terminal (Admin)

Step 2. Then, run this command:

sfc /scannow

sfc /scannow

Step 3. Wait for a few minutes for the scan to finish, restart your computer to check the problem. 

Step 4. If the problems are still there, open the Terminal again and run this command:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

open the Terminal again

Method 4. Extend C Drive and Leave Enough Space to Reinstall Windows 11

If you encounter the Critical Process Died error after updating to Windows 11, this has something to do with the update. You might have bypassed some Windows 11 requirements to update your PC, which can create system errors. 

One such problematic error is not having sufficient space on your disk. As per Microsoft recommendation, at least 64 GB of free space is required to run the Windows 11 operations smoothly. However, the more free space is even better to reinstall the Windows 11 process. 

#1. Extend C Drive to Leave Enough Space

The best option to optimize your Windows 11 disk space is using the EaseUS Partition Master. The software will manage, edit and adjust the drivers/partitions for smooth Windows 11 functioning.

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Here's how you can fix the Critical Process Died error by optimizing your Windows 11 disk with the Partition Master: 

Option 1. Extend System C drive with unallocated space

  1. 1. Right-click on the System C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
  2. 2. Drag the system partition end into the unallocated space so to add it to the C: drive. And click "OK". 
  3. 3. Click "Execute Task" and "Apply" to execute the operations and extend the C drive.

Option 2. Extend System C drive without unallocated space

  1. 1. Right-click a big partition with enough free space on the system disk, select "Allocate Space".
  2. 2. Select the system drive at the Allocate Space From (*) To section, and drag the end of System C drive into the unallocated space. Click "OK" to confirm.
  3. 3. Click "Execute Task", it will list the pending operations, and click "Apply" to save the changes and extend the C drive.

0:00-0:26 Extend System Drive with Unallocated Space; 0:27-0:58 Extend System Drive without Unallocated Space.

#2. Reinstall Windows 11

Here is a step-by-step guide that you can follow to reinstall Windows 11 and thoroughly get rid of Critical Process Denied error:

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Method 5. Run DISM 

Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool aka DISM can also fix the Critical Process Died error on Windows 11, this way:

Step 1. Click on the Start Menu, search for the Command Prompt, right-click on it, and click on Run as administrator. 

Step 2. Now, follow this command line and press the Enter button:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

Step 3. After this, enter the new command line:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Step 4. Finally, enter this command, and your error will be fixed:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Method 6. Uninstall the Problematic Program 

If your system starts crashing after installing a new application on your computer, that's your problem. By uninstalling the program, you can fix the Critical Process Died error. To uninstall the program on Windows 11, follow these steps:

Step 1. Click on the Start Menu and then open the Control Panel. 

Step 2. In the Control Panel window, search for Uninstall a program and open it.

search for Uninstall a program and open it

Step 3. Select the program that's causing the error and click on the Uninstall button next to it.

Step 4. Restart your computer after uninstalling the program and see if you get the error anymore.

Method 7. Access Safe Mode 

Accessing the Safe Mode will not fix the error, but if you are unable to boot your system, use these steps while being in the Safe Mode:

Step 1. Restart your PC a few times during the boot, or you can click on the Power icon on the login screen, hold Shift and select the Restart. 

Step 2. Choose the Troubleshoot from the on-screen options. 

Step 3. Go to the Advanced options > Startup settings > Restart button.

Restart

Step 4. Press the 5 key on the keyboard to start the Safe Mode with Networking.

start the Safe Mode

Tips to Prevent Critical Process Died Error and Optimize Windows 11 Performance 

If you don't ever want to go through the hassle of fixing the Critical Process Died error, do follow these precautionary tips:

  • Always install the genuine Window 11 environment from the Microsoft website or your local store. 
  • Make sure your C drive has sufficient space to run Windows 11 operations smoothly. Here for better disk optimization, you can use EaseUS Partition Master too.
  • Often run antimalware and antivirus scans to keep your system clean. 
  • Also, keep your system backed up so you can easily recover your data despite errors. 

Parting Remarks 

If your computer shows the Critical Process Died error, don't panic. As you have seen, there you have seven great ways to fix the Critical Process Died error on Windows 11.

However, if none of the above-mentioned methods work for you, unfortunately, that leaves you with one option - reinstall your Windows 11.

But before reinstalling your Windows 11, take your entire system's backup. This way, you won't lose your important files, folders, account settings, and other apps.

To backup your Windows 11, you can use the EaseUS Todo Backup and smoothly fix your Critical Process Died error.

Also, optimize your Windows 11 hard disk so you won't ever have to face any system errors. To optimize Windows 11 hard drive, you can quickly download the EaseUs Partition master.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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Written by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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